Montreal 2014, Diving: Canadian Olympian Jeff Hirst completes hat-trick


Toronto-based Jeff Hirst, an Olympian from the 1988 Olympics in Seoul in the 10m platform, bagged three gold and one silver from the 15th FINA World Masters Championships diving competition taking place on August 5-9 in Montreal. Hirst was in a class of his own in the 50-54 age group, sweeping three events in three days: the 1m (291.75 points), 3m springboard (332.45) and 7.5m platform (222.30).

On Saturday August 9, Hirst finished second with Mike Inglis in the platform synchro, less than 3 points behind U.S. pair Scott Smith and Ronald Kontura.

After claiming his first gold in the 3m springboard, Hirst said: "It's so exciting, I'm having butterflies!"

Hirst, who went back in training recently, said: "I'm a fitness trainer, I dive to stay in shape."

The Canadian took up diving when he was 13, the very year that Montreal hosted the Olympic Games in 1976.

Canadian Jeff Hirst in Montreal - credit: Delphine Schmutz/FINA

Hirst, who's taking part at his first Masters Worlds, said on the competition field: "The atmosphere is fun, you can really tell that people are primarily here because they love the sport of diving."

"Diving is a dangerous sport. As long as you know your capabilities, you can keep going. You have fun also challenging your limits!"